Once we had all the edging done we layed out the sod, we had to cut some pieces to fit correctly but for the most part is was an easy project. Now we just have to keep watering it and try and stay off of it for about a week. I am so excited to finally have grass for our puppy and kiddos to play on...it only took us a year to do!!
Here are 5 tips on how to water your lawn:
Water requirements: The amount of water your lawn needs will depend on a range of factors. These include the type of grass, the climate and season, the soil, and how green you want it to be as well as how well you maintain it. In the growing season, you’ll need to give the turf around an inch of water per week to sustain growth and keep it green. You can get away with a good deal less than an inch if you choose a drought resistant variety of cool season grass. Some warm season grasses are less thirsty too. In general, though, watering more will encourage the roots to grow deep where there’s more moisture, resulting in a lusher, healthier lawn.
Water supply: Most of your water should ideally come from rainfall. You’ll probably have to use sprinklers or an underground irrigation system as well, however. If your water comes from the city it will cost you money to water your lawn, while a well on your property means it will be free. A lot of municipalities have now instituted curbs or even bans on watering during a drought, so some of us have to let our lawns go brown until the rainy season starts again. In these cases, we have to accept that the grass can’t be as green as we would like all year round. However, using a sensible lawn care program will help ensure that the lawn survives a temporary drought.
Sprinklers and irrigation systems: Sprinklers can be moved around, while an irrigation system sits permanently under the turf. Whichever setup you have, you must ensure that you get adequate coverage by overlapping the spray areas. You can buy cheap, movable sprinklers, or invest in an automatic system with a computerized timer that you can set to suit your needs. As long as you use it wisely, an automatic sprinkler system is the most efficient way to get an evenly watered lawn when it’s not raining.
How often should you water?: It’s better to give the grass a good, long drink once or twice a week than to provide a little bit of moisture every day. In this way, you mimic normal rainfall and allow the grass to grow deep, strong roots that help it survive a dry spell. If you water little and often, you’ll end up with grass that has shallow roots and is generally weak.
Best time to water the lawn: If you have a system with an automatic timer, program it to run sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. If not, try to water as early in the morning as possible, before the sun gets hot. A lot of people water the garden in the early evening, but you should only do this if you have no other option since it can make the lawn prone to disease. Don’t be tempted to saturate the lawn during the hottest part of the day to cool it down, as most of the water will simply evaporate.